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Education company charged by watchdog

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016

An Auckland education company peddling expensive computer software has been charged by the fair trading watchdog for numerous misrepresentations made by its staff.

The Commerce Commission has laid 37 charges against the Auckland Academy of Learning (AAL) accusing company staff of lying their way into consumer's homes to sell their CAMI software package.

It is alleged that the stated purpose was for children to receive a complimentary evaluation and tutoring session but once inside staff urged them to purchase CAMI to round out their education.

The educational assessment did not correspond with the New Zealand curriculum according to the Commerce Commission and was inadequately set for the right level of learning.

CAMI software cost between $6000 to $11,000.

There were more than 180 complaints to the Commission about AAL following a series of stories on the former Campbell Live current affairs programme in 2014 and 2015.

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